Burton College

Marley Eternit’s EQUITONE [natura] fibre cement material helped to transform Burton and South Derbyshire University Technical College (UTC) as part of a remodel, refurbishment and new build extension project that places the UTC at the forefront of teaching for Systems and Production Engineering and Health Science.

The £8.6 million development, built by BAM Construct and designed by Bond Bryan Architects, has renovated the interiors of the original listed building alongside constructing a contemporary, modern extension to the side of the property. The existing building and new extension, creates 5,400 m2 of inspiring learning and workspace for UTC students and staff alike.

The renovation and construction of the UTC has taken under one year and opened to students in September 2016. 


Gonzalo Carmona, project architect at Bond Bryan Architects, commented: “The renovation and extension of the project has created an elegant and sophisticated development that flatters and complements the proportion and style of the existing building.

“As a listed property, one of our key challenges was centred upon creating a new construction that added to and complemented the natural character of the original brick and stone structure. The use of the EQUITONE [natura] shade of red complemented the brick of the existing building as well as the surrounding properties, creating a crisp, cohesive and contemporary construction.

“Another main part of the specification was to use materials that were low maintenance, whilst still in keeping with the style of a listed building. EQUITONE [natura] cladding was the perfect building solution due to its smooth texture and composition which allows rainwater to run off, and reflects the brick tones of the property.”

The architects chose this cladding to add a contemporary feel to the renovation, with the red hues marrying modern and traditional aesthetics together.

Bruce Raw, Director at Bond Bryan Architects, added: “The Burton and South Derbyshire UTC renovation is a fantastic example of how fibre cement materials can add a practical yet visually appealing element to a construction. The combination of old and new has really helped to make the UTC a fantastic development.”

Janak Patel, Principal of the UTC, added: “The Sponsors of the UTC and all the design team were really pleased at this building and its outstanding resources will inspire our learners to achieve their potential and become outstanding engineers and scientists”.

EQUITONE materials provide architects with the ability to bring inspirational designs to life, for both new buildings and refubishment projects, through a wide range of options in terms of colours, texture and visual appearance. 

Bond Bryan Architects
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